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Editorial: Time for the Brown Trout to take center stage

July 18, 2013 For 38 years now the Michigan Brown Trout Festival has attracted visitors to Alpena and Northeast Michigan and beginning today, the 39th version of this popular event promises to do more of the sam. more »»

Fletcher: Time to change with changing times

July 16, 2013 Last week I wrote about flaws in health care and the disconnect between seller and buyer in that marketplace. more »»

Personal responsibility of immense volume

July 15, 2013 I’m a fan of good quotes. They inspire me. But I usually keep them to myself so I’m not an annoying quote person. Today though, I have one that is perfect for this article. more »»

Editorial: Numbers backup MSP’s initiative

July 12, 2013 Everyone seems to love statistics these days, so here are some for you this morning. ? 20,000 motor vehicles. ? 1,100 feet of highway. ? 20 separate business driveways. ? 157 automobile accidents. more »»

Speer: Positive signs our economy is improving

July 12, 2013 Just how far has the state of Michigan come regarding its business climate in recent years? According to Onaway entrepreneur Tom Moran in a recent magazine article, the answer is very far indeed. more »»

Murch: What do you call a reverse Butterfly Effect?

July 12, 2013 As is always the case, while I was looking through back issues of the paper and found something entirely different and completely unrelated to what I had set out to fin. more »»

Editorial: Good luck Beach, we wish you well

July 11, 2013 Rogers City Mayor Beach Hall announced last week he won’t be seeking re-election this November. The decision, while understandable, saddens us. more »»

Fletcher: A better way for health insurance

July 9, 2013 Two local doctors asked that I write about the health care mess. I will, but fair warning — this isn’t going to turn out the way you might imagine. more »»

Editorial: Health care act continues to be difficult issue

July 5, 2013 Michigan lawmakers continue to wrestle with the Affordable Health Care Act Medicaid provision. Gov. more »»

Speer: Motel purchase sound decision for city

July 5, 2013 I commend Alpena Municipal Council for considering public expansion of the waterfront. more »»

Murch: Look out, I might have a story for you

July 5, 2013 It's funny — and odd — how certain stories about growing up will come up. Or how they will jump into our thoughts out of the blue. more »»

Questions, Anyone?

July 5, 2013 Airport history Q. Reader Jim Stewart and his fellow coffee drinkers have questions about the Alpena airport. more »»

Gray: Success is not convenient

July 5, 2013 If I had to boil the secret of success down to one phrase, I would say that “success is not convenient, but leads to a life of convenience. more »»

Editorial: Yorktown can visit here anytime

July 4, 2013 Last week’s visit of the Great Lakes cruise ship “Yorktown” to Alpena generated much interest and goodwill in the community. more »»

Editorial: Be careful around fireworks

July 3, 2013 Nineteen firefighters lost their lives fighting a wildfire Sunday in Arizona. We need to do everything we can to ensure such a tragedy does not occur here in Michigan. more »»

Krawczak: Collective effort gets it done

July 1, 2013 Fifty-five volunteers. Over 200 hours of volunteer labor. Fifty-one businesses made donations through direct contributions or internal fundraisers. more »»

Vocational training still vital for region

June 28, 2013 Which came first, the chicken or the egg? A form of that question often arises in Northeast Michigan these days when it comes to vocational trainin. more »»

Plaza will be a gathering place for our future

June 28, 2013 A fire pit and sprinkler park, a ship’s mast and portholes that double as high technology screens - these are some of the ideas unveiled Thursday for the proposed plaza in downtown Alpen. more »»

The region really shines this time of year

June 28, 2013 As far as I’m concerned, the next seven days usually are Alpena’s best, and I expect this year will be no different. more »»

Watch your mouth in public: Always wise

June 25, 2013 Several years ago I read the National Security Administration (NSA) purchased word and phrase monitoring software for their Internet and telephone systems. more »»



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